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Ngiri, The Land of the Water People
Description: An educational film about the Belgian Congo in Africa in the 1950s
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Clip #: TFA-355D
Length: 10:25
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: Africa
Country: Congo
Subject: Native Life
Original: 16mm
Keywords:
1950s, Africa, Belgian Congo, outlined map of Africa showing distance from Belgian Congo to Brussels and New York, outlined map of United States comparing size of Belgian Congo, port, modern buildings, Congolese people, Bantu people, church, black bride and groom in Western bridal attire getting out of car, black children playing drums and dancing, men and women in traditional attire performing tribal dances accompanied by drums, schools, white nuns teaching black children various handicrafts, sewing, weaving, basketry, girls dressed in matching uniforms performing synchronized calisthenic moves, map of Congo narrowing in on Ngiri, Ngiri River, wetlands, small islands in wetlands, water people, men paddling canoes, women wearing heavy copper necklaces and bracelets, various tribes, men in native attire smoking shared pipe, women fishing with traps, blacksmith, men making canoes, woman making pottery, women paddling canoe of pottery, neighboring Bobo people trading food such as bananas, manioc flour and rice to “water people” in canoes, adult and child victims of sleeping sickness, African trypanosomiasis, white doctor and caravan including his wife arriving in canoes to treat tribespeople, island chief offering hen eggs while porters unload baggage from canoes, doctor examining tribespeople for signs of sleeping sickness, doctor extracting liquid from woman’s ganglion which is put on slide and examined by black nurses through microscope, nurse calling over doctor to verify trypanosomes in sample, celebration in honor of doctor’s visit, men playing drums and singing, men drinking palm wine, women dancing, water people dancing in canoes

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